Nagaland-a part of Seven Sister of North Eastern India is all set to Celebrate its Hornbill Festival in the month of December starting from 1st December to 10th December 2013,Organised by the State Directorate of Tourism every year since 2000, the Festival is intended to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage and attract tourists.
So What is Hornbill Festival?
Well Let me tell you–The unique Hornbill Festival is named after the large and colorful and the most admired Hornbill bird which is displayed in folklore in majority of Naga tribes. The Hornbill Festival is one of the biggest celebrations of the native tribes of Nagaland and encourages inter-tribal relations and promotes the cultural heritage of Nagaland. The festival is organized by the State Tourism and the Art & Culture Departments.The main aim is to revive and protect the culture, extravaganza and traditions of Nagaland.
When and Where it is held?
The festival is held during the beginning of the month of December,generally from 1st to 7th December but this time,I mean in 2013 The Nagaland Government has extended the of Hornbill festival and will be celebrating it for 10 days i.e. from 1st December to 10th December 2013,also done in order to promote inflow of more tourists and to commemorate the 50 years Celebration of Nagaland Statehood Day,to be inaugurated by the President of India on December 1.
The Hornbill Festival is organised at Naga Heritage Village, situated about 12 kilometers from Kohima(The Capital of Nagaland) at Kisima,the Naga Heritage Village offers a panorama of nature,cheerful and hospitality of people.The objective of the Heritage Village is to protect and preserve all ethnic cultural heritages by establishing a common management approach and comprehensive data base for perpetuation and maintenance for promotion of tourism. It also aims to uphold and sustain the distinct identity of dialects,customs and traditions of all the ethnic groups of Nagaland.
How to Get There?
Well to reach Nagaland one must travel to travel to Guwahati or Kolkata and from their you can take a flight to Dimapur,From Guwahati one can also take the Railways to Dimapur and from their Kohima is just 2-3 hours drive.And if one is willing to travel by road then take a Bus from Guwahati to Kohima and from Kohima there are available Taxis to the Naga Heritage Village…
The best accommodation one can find there is Government Tourism Hotels and Home-stays but be sure to book them well in advance.. :)
Domestic tourists need to apply for an ILP(Inner Line Permit) entry permit before visiting Nagaland for the Hornbill festival. Foreign tourist do not need a permit to enter Nagaland,However Foreigners must register themselves at the local Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) of the district they visit within 24 hours of their arrival.It is best to get the Permit from the Nagaland House in Delhi, Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi(Ph: +91 11 23012296)
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